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Review: Songs of Our BreakUp by Jay E. Tria

Songs of Our Breakup SongsBreakup
(Playlist Book 1)
by Jay E. Tria

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Every breakup has its playlist.

How do you get over a seven-year relationship? 21-year-old Jill is trying to find out. But moving on is a harder job when Kim, her ex-boyfriend, is the lead guitarist of the band, and Jill is the vocalist. Every song they play together feels like slicing open a barely healed tattoo.

Jill’s best friend Miki says she will be out of this gloom soon. Breakups have a probation period, he says. Jill is on the last month of hers and Miki is patiently keeping her company.

But the real silver lining is Shinta. Having a hot Japanese actor friend in times like these is a welcome distraction. This gorgeous celebrity has been defying time zones and distance through the years to be there for Jill. Now he is here, physically present, and together he and Jill go through old lyrics, vivid memories, walks in the rain, and bottles of beer.

Together they try to answer the question: what do you do when forever ends?

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★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!

After a long stretch of silence, she spoke to the empty, inky sky. “Miki says breakups have a 3-month probation period.”

“What happens there?” Shinta murmured.

“You wait.”

“For what?”

“For someone to change their mind.”

“And if nobody does and the three months are over?”

“You move on. “

Shinta sidled in closer beside her. “Why bother waiting that long?”

She turned to him, his face mere inches away that her breath grazed the tip of his nose when she answered. “A question I ask myself every day.”

So there goes the three-month rule after breaking up. Personally, I agree to it. You give yourself time, as long as three months, to think and contemplate, to deal with your heartbreak, to drown your sorrows in tears and move on and look back and say, “thanks for the memories.”

Unless you get back to the one who shattered your heart in the first place.

This book, Songs of Our Breakup, tells about Jill and her way of coping with her ex-boyfriend, Kim, two months after they broke up. It didn’t help that they were in a band together, the Trainman and had to see each other whenever they had rehearsals, gigs, shows and whatever it was that bands do together. It surely didn’t help either that they wrote their songs together. But with friends and bandmates like Miki, Nino and Son, who knew they were both nursing a broken heart?

To Jill, strumming the guitar and singing in front of a crowd was her way to release the pain she felt. To her, life still took its place even if Kim wasn’t talking to him. To Kim, he thought he was doing a great job pretending they were in good terms.

Until Shinta, the Idol came back. Shinta, the actor who recently made love with a girl in a car. Shinta, the friend who had the audacity to display Jill’s face on his cellphone for everybody to see. Shinta, the force to reckon with.

Jill is sort of one person in an island. She’s an only child, she deletes her social media accounts, she only has her bandmates as her friends. The songs she write serve as her outlet, the music her self-prescribed medicine.

I liked how this story started and ended. All the characters have their distinct personalities that easily draw you in and make you feel you are also part of their story. The songs and lyrics were added bonus, a special treat for those who love music. Jay E. Tria was able to connect the readers to the characters through songs to create one-of-a-kind reading experience. All that’s missing now are my headphones!


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JAY  E.  TRIA

Jay E. Tria writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult romance about characters that live inside her head, about people she meets and people she wishes to meet. She also reads, daydreams, and blogs. She loves skinny jeans, sneakers, and live gigs. Also, adopted cats. She is not a cool kid.

Blossom Among Flowers, a Japanese high school love story, is her first completed work. Her next book, Songs of Our Breakup, a New Adult romance will be out on August 2015!

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